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Top Stories
Does the 't' in two spell terrible?
Or, maybe 2-year-olds are just terrific!
Her name is Jillian, but her extended family calls her Bonnie, as in Bonnie & Clyde. And like her namesake, the just-turned-3-year-old wreaks havoc wherever she goes – climbing, yelling, taking her clothes off, running away in crowds, and wiggling out of her car seat.
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How to get your little one to sleep (so you can too!)
Sleep problems are believed by some to be the number one health issue in the United States, resulting in lack of focus, irritability, frustration and impulsive behavior, not to mention sleepiness. According to the CNN Web site, nearly half of all Americans have difficulty sleeping.
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Serving special needs in preschool
Most people would agree that they would like a preschool program for their child to offer as many opportunities as possible, which will allow their child to reach his or her greatest potential. A good program should also offer the child new experiences, which will help him or her gain positive social skills, including the ability to help others.
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10 Traps of Studying
Take Control. Make a list of all the things you have to do. Break your workload down into manageable chunks. Prioritize!

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Homework Help
Back-to-School
Here are some on-line resources that will help you and your child tackle a variety of homework challenges.

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Keeping Our Kids Safe in Cyberspace
More than 50% of American children use the Internet at school, home, or community access centers. Since 1996 the number of children on the Internet has grown from 4 million to 19 million.
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Are kids today meaner?
Ridicule and worse may be more common than adults realize
Middle school isn’t working out the way a Rockland County student had planned. Her good grades, good looks, participation in sports, and accolades from teachers and other adults notwithstanding, the last school year was a tough one.

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From full-time mom to working mom
Take time to plan strategies for reentering the workforce
You told yourself that once the kids were in school you’d go back to work. It sounded good when you were chasing sticky toddlers through the house and work was a distant memory. But now your youngest is approaching first grade and panic is setting in. Where will you find a job? Who will hire you? What can you put on a resume? Should you return to your old career? Can you? Should you try something new? How? Where? These questions can seem overwhelming, but are actually productive. You’re thinking, which means you’re taking the first step toward finding a job. Here are some basic strategies to help you define your goals, refine your search, and secure the job that’s right for you.
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Resource Guide: Family Fun
If family fun is on your agenda, you're in the right place. From amusement park thrills to museum wonders, from animal habitats to scenic splendors, you can't beat our area for sheer number of entertaining possibilities.
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Resource Guide: Explore our country's beginnings at local Revolutionary War sites
When Fourth of July weekend rolls around, most of us think of fireworks and barbecues. But it is also a time to think back on our country's history, and maybe to plan a trip back in time to explore our early days as a country.

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Resource Guide: Sports Teams
Want to see the best professional athletics has to offer? Or, maybe you'd rather take the family to watch some future pros? The following list of local sports teams may help you decide.
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Resource Guide: Education
Education issues are among the most important to families. The following list of resources covers a wide range of educational needs.
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Resource Guide: Parenting Support
From parenting classes to support groups, the following resources are available to help with the all-important job of raising children.
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Resource Guide: Libraries
Every child's life should be filled with books—at home, at school, in the library— to share with a parent or caregiver, to read, to learn from, and to enjoy. The following is a listing of libraries in and around our area.
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Resource Guide: Sports & Recreation
GOLF AT DEMAREST FARMS
10 Route 94 S. Lafayette;
973/579-7898.
Golfing fun for the entire family.
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Other Stories
The Importance of Grandparents
It’s funny how we seem to remember some things in life, no matter how much time goes by.

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Eight Tips for School Success
Success in school doesn't happen without parental support. Whether your son happily skips off to kindergarten or your daughter trudges down the hall to seventh-grade science class, your child needs your help to succeed in school.
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What You Should Know Before the Sports Season Begins
When my son reached the ripe old age of 5, I signed him up for flag football. I thought he would play a few simple ball games, have a really great time and that would be that....Silly me.
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Make Your Birthday Party Pop!
There are many inventive ways to help make your next party a success, even on a tight budget.
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Only the best for these pampered pets
New clients are often surprised when a "Bah" or an "I love you" sail up from under Dr. Mary Ellen Stiehl's desk.
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Trouble at the Preschool Door
It is Monday morning and you are not dreading the morning traffic, but instead you fear the drop-off scene at your child's preschool.
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What's for Lunch?
The following are some healthy suggestions to include in your child's school lunches
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Breakfast + kids = better grades
Children who eat breakfast are less likely to miss class, be tardy, or report they are sick than children who miss the morning meal.
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A Safe Ride
School bus transportation is actually pretty safe. In fact, buses are statistically safer than cars! Even so, last year, approximately 26 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn't occur in a crash, but as the pupils were entering and exiting the bus.
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School Shopping Tips
Before you shop for school clothes, follow our simple rules to avoid unnecessary stress.
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Celebrating Holland - I'm Home
I have been in Holland for over a decade now. It has become home. I have had time to catch my breath, to settle and adjust, to accept something different than I’d planned. I reflect back on those years of past when I had first landed in Holland.
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Helping teenagers handle stress
Teenagers, like adults, may experience stress everyday and can benefit from learning stress management skills. Most teens experience more stress when they perceive a situation as dangerous, difficult, or painful and they do not have the resources to cope. Some sources of stress for teens might include:
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